Armenian genocide

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Erdogan Defiant After Biden's Statement on Genocide

'If you call it genocide, go ahead and look in the mirror'

(Newser) - Turkey’s president said Monday he was "highly saddened" by President Biden’s decision to mark as genocide the mass deportations and massacres of Armenians in the early 20th century, calling it baseless and unjust. Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Biden’s decision undermined Turkish-American relations but also expressed hope...

Armenian Americans Worked for This for Decades
Armenian Americans
Worked for This for Decades

Armenian Americans Worked for This for Decades

The genocide 'is my family's story,' one woman says

(Newser) - Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day was different this year, after President Biden recognized the killings carried out by Ottoman Empire forces in the early 20th century constituted genocide—ending decades of disappointment and broken promises for Armenian Americans. Hundreds of people dressed in black visited a hilltop monument in Montebello, east...

Biden Formally Recognizes Armenian Genocide

No previous president has used the term for mass killings under Ottoman Empire

(Newser) - President Joe Biden has formally recognized that the systematic killings and deportations of hundreds of thousands of Armenians by Ottoman Empire forces in the early 20th century were "genocide"—using a term for the atrocities that his White House predecessors have avoided for decades over concerns of alienating...

Report: Biden Plans to Keep Promise on Armenian Genocide

Move is expected to infuriate Turkey

(Newser) - As a candidate, Barack Obama promised to declare the slaughter of more than a million Armenians in the final years of the Ottoman Empire a genocide but failed to do so as president . President Biden made the same promise on the campaign trail, and sources tell the New York Times...

Scuffles Break Out at Heated Town Hall

Trump supporters heckle Rep. Adam Schiff in Glendale, Calif.

(Newser) - An event honoring recognition of the Armenian Genocide got ugly Saturday when pro-Trump protesters clashed with Armenian Americans, the Desert Sun reports. Things turned when Rep. Adam Schiff—a key player in House Democrats' attempt to impeach President Trump—began speaking at the Glendale, Calif., town hall about the long...

House Takes Off Kid Gloves, Votes on 1915 Slaughter

Passes resolution recognizing Armenian genocide 405-11

(Newser) - House lawmakers on Tuesday removed the kid gloves and voted to formally recognize the Armenian genocide. It's the first time a chamber of Congress has branded the 1915 slaughter of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks as such. Lawmakers had been loath to do so because...

Trolls Take Aim at Christian Bale Flick

It's set amid the Armenian genocide, which some label a 'lie'

(Newser) - Amy Schumer isn't the only star doing battle with trolls lately. About 51% of 120,000 reviews on IMDb for Christian Bale's new movie The Promise , set amid the Armenian genocide, give the movie a one-star rating out of 10—and it's likely not because of his...

Germany Genocide Vote Infuriates Turkey

Yanking ambassador is just the first step, Erdogan says

(Newser) - The German Parliament overwhelmingly voted Thursday to label the killings of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks a century ago as genocide, prompting Turkey to recall its ambassador to Germany. The motion passed with support from all the parties in Parliament, with one abstention and one vote...

Unlike Pope, Obama Won't Use the G-Word

Calling Armenian genocide a genocide isn't 'in the interest of all parties'

(Newser) - President Obama vowed to refer to the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians during the collapse of the Ottoman Empire as a genocide while campaigning in 2008. Since then, he hasn't done so once and won't break from tradition on Friday with a statement marking the 100th anniversary...

Furious With Francis, Turkey Yanks Ambassador

After pope labeled Armenian genocide a genocide

(Newser) - Pope Francis today lamented the deaths a century ago of some 1.5 million Armenians as one of "three massive and unprecedented tragedies" that struck the last century, reports the BBC , and the AP adds that Turkey wasted little time in yanking its ambassador to the Vatican after the...

France Making It a Crime to Deny Armenian Genocide

Turkey expected to withdraw ambassador

(Newser) - If you are in France and deny that Turkey committed "genocide" against 1.5 million Armenians in 1915-1916, be prepared to be fined $57,000 and spend a year in jail. Actually, the new legislation applies to genocide denial in general, but it is the law's application to...

Armenian-Americans Sue Turkey Over Century-Old Slaughter

Class action suit seeks billions in compensation

(Newser) - The Turkish government and two big Turkish banks are being sued by the American descendants of Armenians who were killed or forced out of Turkey between 1915 and 1919. The class action lawsuit filed in federal court in California charges that Turkish officials are responsible for the deaths of more...

Turkey Recalls Ambassador to US
Turkey Recalls Ambassador
to US 

Turkey Recalls Ambassador to US

Move follows House panel's declaration of genocide in Armenia

(Newser) - Turkey is recalling its ambassador to the US following a resolution declaring the killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks around the time of World War I to be genocide. The move came minutes after the House Foreign Affairs Committee endorsed the nonbinding resolution with a 23-22 vote, even though the...

US Armenians Slam Obama Over Genocide

(Newser) - US Armenians criticized President Obama today for refusing to acknowledge the Armenian genocide while visiting Turkey, Politico reports. Obama “missed a valuable opportunity to honor" a campaign pledge, said one advocate, after Obama mentioned “the terrible events of 1915” but avoided saying whether he had pressed Turkey's president...

Obama in Turkey: US Not at War With Islam

(Newser) - President Obama addressed the Turkish parliament today, and used the opportunity to extend an olive branch to the Muslim world, the New York Times reports. “The United States is not, and will never be, at war with Islam,” said Obama. “America’s relationship with the Muslim world...

Obama Touts Turkey Ties, Parries Genocide Issue

(Newser) - Barack Obama reaffirmed the strength of US-Turkish ties at a press conference in Ankara this morning, touting Turkey as a nation with “similar principles” to the US, and asking for its help in ending the Iraq war. But things got awkward when talk turned to Armenian genocide, which Obama...

Turkish Thinkers Sorry for Armenian 'Catastrophe'

(Newser) - A group of about 200 Turkish intellectuals today issued an apology on the Internet for the World War I-era massacres of Armenians in Turkey, the AP reports. The group of prominent academics, journalists, writers and artists avoided using the contentious term "genocide" in the apology, using the less explosive...

16 Arrested in Plot to Kill Turkish Laureate

Journalist, party leader involved in plan to murder writer Pamuk

(Newser) - A nationalist party leader, a veteran journalist, and a top academic have been arrested over a plan to kill dissident Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk. The leader of the Workers’ Party and former rector of Istanbul University, along with a general, and retired colonel, are among 16 who were detained over...

Backers Delay Genocide Vote
Backers Delay Genocide Vote

Backers Delay Genocide Vote

Turkish tensions scares off support

(Newser) - The four primary sponsors of the House resolution to label the 1915 killings of Armenians in Turkey as genocide have withdrawn support, formally asking Speaker Nancy Pelosi to delay voting on the measure, the AP reports. Enthusiasm for the resolution withered after Turkey withdrew its US ambassador and threatened to...

Armenian Genocide Vote Withering in Turkish Heat

Pols backing off to avoid angering key ally

(Newser) - Members of Congress are backing off a resolution that would classify Turkish purges of Armenians as genocide. The bill's approval by a committee last week infuriated the Turks, who called home their ambassador and have threatened to forbid US military use of Turkish airspace and bases to support Iraqi operations...

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